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Announcement: Mono-Free Tomboy Replacement (Gnote) Releases Version 0.2.0

Posted in GNOME, GNU/Linux, GPL, Mono at 11:11 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Gnote puts the GNU (or Freedom) back in GNOME

Summary: The new release of Gnote and its significance

A former Novell engineer has just released a new version of Gnote, whose great value we explained in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. The project is growing quickly because it’s mostly a constructive port to Microsoft-independent grounds.

This a recommended upgrade for existing Tomboy users although it may not be complete just yet. There will hopefully be a Ubuntu derivative out there which contains no Mono and instead contains packages like Gnote and Mononono (installed by default). Here are some programs such a derivative ought to avoid.

“[...] we know that Microsoft is getting patents on some features of C#. So I think it’s dangerous to use C#, and it may be dangerous to use Mono.”

Richard Stallman

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  1. Jose_X said,

    April 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm

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    [It's so stupid to have to worry about patents.]

    For the record, let me say that this application was designed with dotnet in mind. Any fairly straightforward translation into something else still means this would likely be “dirtier” wrt dotnet patent traps (true especially for the earlier versions of this app) than would likely be an application that was designed without dotnet influence.

    Having said that, I think as many people as possible should write to their reps in government about how pathetic software patents are. There are many patents out there that can trip people, up and those owning patents are always a threat to try and work their patented ideas (through proxies) into FOSS.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 23, 2009 at 2:31 pm

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    Jose, it’s an intimidation tactic which they do intend to use. There are the denialists and those who respond to them already:

    Mono and FAT

    [...]

    The thing with Mono is that you know for sure that Microsoft is getting patents on C#, there’s no reason to believe these wouldn’t apply to mono. Secondly, Microsoft has a bad reputation for patent extortion, as the recent case against TomTom has shown. If Microsoft can successfully blackmail someone over something like long-filename support on FAT, why wouldn’t they do the same for an entire framework they designed?

    The immediate danger here is not the existence of Mono or some specific Mono apps, but the possibility of an increasing number of Gnome components depending on Mono and what this would mean for the Linux desktop when Microsoft finally decides to sue some non-SuSE distribution or even a project or a user for the use of their intellecutal property? People implemented FAT for years without any problems until TomTom got bitten, FAT with long filenames was also a safe Microsoft-technology to use…

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